Massage – more than just a treat

The Benefits of Massage

MezieresMassage is one of the oldest known therapies, originating in China, India and Egypt thought to date as far back as 3000BC. These ancient civilisations understood the health benefits of physical therapy.

This recent BBC programme explores the health benefits of this physical therapy and puts some measure to how it can not only make you feel good but how it can actually help with a wide range of health conditions beyond muscular pain.

Here at Theale Wellbeing Centre we have a wide variety of massage therapists. These include:

Sports Massage

The benefits that sports massage especially for athletes on the body are immense. Massaging will stretch and manipulate muscles and this will increase nutrients and blood flow to the area, whilst efficiently removing waste and lactic acid from the muscles. Also, any postural imbalances due to tight or short muscles will be addressed using massage.

Shiatsu MassageShiatsu (Japanese Acupressure Massage)

Shiatsu is a dynamic hands-on healing system, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch, pressure and gentle stretching techniques to balance the body’s energy system, our emotions and the functions of our internal organs


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Biodynamic Massage

This is a therapy that addresses both the body and the mind.  It provides a non-demanding, nurturing space that meets a person’s body whatever level/symptoms of stress it is experiencing.  This therapy puts no expectations on the body, instead it is an invitation to increase your understanding of what your body is communicating through your symptoms, supporting it to gradually re-establish the normal self-regulation and natural healing capacity we all possess.  It encourages curiosity towards symptoms rather than judgement of.


Reflexology is a Complementary Therapy that works on the feet allowing the body to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance and encourage healing.

Book your appointment today

Call our reception team on 0118 930 3535 to book an appointment with one of our therapists – if you’re not sure which one would work for you then book a free 15 min consultation with a senior therapist who will advice you. To find out more about our team of massage therapists look at ‘Our Team‘ page.

Getting help to manage stress


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Although much is talked in the media about this condition – normally bad stress – but actually feeling stress is perfectly normal when experiencing things such as exam time. It can be classified into two areas – the good and the bad. Sometimes at work it can be motivating (good stress) but there are times when you may feel incredibly overwhelmed resulting in difficulty in concentrating on anything (bad stress).

Are there benefits?

Yes – It is actually a burst of energy it helps you decide on what to do. In small doses it can help you meet regular challenges providing motivation to reach goals more efficiently. Amazingly it can even boost memory.

We are more aware of this condition when it acts as a warning system – fight or flight that alerts the sensors to danger keeping us safe! In fact the body produces chemicals that create a variety of reactions including increased heart rate and blood pressure.

What are the down sides?

Because we see so much about bad stress in the media we are aware that it can be detrimental to our health. This is especially true if you suffer from stress that is ongoing and prolonged. It causes conditions such as depression, sleeplessness and high blood pressure and can be harmful to your heart.

What is Too Much?

As we are all different and our reactions to it will vary it can be difficult to tell whether you are suffering from the bad or the good. There are some key indicators when you are suffering from too much stress including:

  • Difficulty sleeping or feeling sleepy all the time
  • Frequent bouts of flu/colds or just generally aching
  • Feeling irritable/angry
  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Eating too much or having no appetite at all

What can you do if you suffer from bad stress?

At Theale Wellbeing Centre we have a variety of therapists who can help you to manage this condition. Including Biodynamic Massage – this new therapy works with both the mind and the body – follow this link to find out more.

Other therapies that help with stress are:-

Call our team today to book a 15 minute FREE assessment of your condition so we can direct you to the therapy that is right for you.

De-stress with Biodynamic Massage

De-stress with Biodynamic Massage

How common is Stress?

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In our fast-paced Western lives that we live, with so many expectations on our time and abilities, stress is a common experience; we are often so busy living that we don’t realise that stress is building up until the symptoms stop us in our tracks.

It is well known that there are simple steps that we can take to help reduce stress levels in our lives; healthy eating, exercise, sleep hygiene, time management, relaxation techniques…  This is sound advice to maintain manageable levels of stress, but what if our current stress levels are more than our bodies can tolerate? And how do we know how much stress our bodies can tolerate?

What are the symptoms?

Our bodies ability to tolerate stress is unique to each person, depending on such things as our genetic makeup, life experiences and our environment.   There are many physical and psychological symptoms that a person might experience as their stress levels increase, including:

  • Low energy levels
  • Feeling overwhelmed by everyday activities
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Feeling unhappy or dissatisfied with life
  • Upset digestive system
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Insomnia

How can Biodynamic Massage help?

Biodynamic Massage is a therapy that addresses both the body and the mind.  It provides a non-demanding, nurturing space that meets a person’s body whatever level/symptoms of stress it is experiencing.  This therapy puts no expectations on the body, instead it is an invitation to increase your understanding of what your body is communicating through your symptoms, supporting it to gradually re-establish the normal self-regulation and natural healing capacity we all possess.  It encourages curiosity towards symptoms rather than judgement of.

By using a combination of techniques, this therapy meets the emotional and physical needs of each individual.  As it is tailored to your individual needs, some people will experience biodynamic massage as extremely gentle and calming, another as energising and enlivening.

Benefits of Biodynamic Massage include:

  • More emotionally balanced, enabling us to better manage stressors
  • A sense of being more attuned with our bodies and its needs
  • Relief from chronic symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, tension

Increased energy and zest for life

Call today to make an appointment with our Biodynamic Massage Therapist Laura.

Laura WheelerBiodynamic Massage Therapist

IBS and Acupuncture

IBS relief with acupuncture


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As mentioned in our March newsletter April has been a busy month for health awareness events including IBS awareness month.

Many people have found relief from IBS symptoms using acupuncture. This therapy can help symptoms by:-

  • Providing pain relief
    • Regulating the motility of the digestive tract
    • Raising the sensory threshold of the gut
    • Increasing parasympathetic tone (Schneider 2007b). Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, which can stimulate colon spasms, resulting in abdominal discomfort. In people with this condition, the colon can be oversensitive to the smallest amount of conflict or stress. Acupuncture activates the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates the relaxation or ‘rest and digest’ response.
    • Reducing anxiety and depression. Acupuncture can alter the brain’s mood chemistry, increases production of serotonin and endorphins (Han 2004), helping to combat these negative affective states.

Acupuncture can be safely and effectively combined with any other forms of treatment.

The British Acupuncture Council offers more information about treating the symptoms of IBS with acupuncture.

If you are suffering with this condition and would like some help and advice from Emily Delahaye, Acupuncturist then call to make an appointment.

Emily Delahaye

Walk to Work day 5th April 2019

Could you Walk to Work?

Walk to Work

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For many of us this isn’t practical due to distance but perhaps just adding a little extra exercise by getting off the bus a stop early or parking the car further away could help to increase our daily activity?

The ‘Walk to Work Day’ isn’t just about getting us moving it is also about reducing our carbon footprint – a double incentive.

Foot problems

Perhaps walking anywhere might prove to be a challenge to you due to foot problems? The most common of these is the verruca.

Verrucas are a type of wart (small lumps on the skin) that usually (but not always) affects the sole of the feet. Most people will suffer from warts at some time or other in their life. While some verrucas are painless and may go away on their own they can often become very painful and take months or years to go if they do at all.

There are lots of proprietary treatments for verrucas but here at Theale Wellbeing we believe we have found the most efficient treatment especially for stubborn verrucas. We have recently invested in a Swift® Machine that uses cutting edge microwave technology to effectively treat verrucas. This microwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that has shown significantly high levels of success with even the most stubborn of verrucas.

Another common foot problem is the blister – in this blog we look at prevention, cause and treatment.

One of the most painful and debilitating foot conditions is Plantar Faciitis in this blog we look at this condition and one of the most effective therapies.

If you have a persistent or painful foot problem that prevents you from walking to work or anywhere give us a call on 0118 930 3535 and book a review with one of our Podiatrists.

Lloyd Clark-Morris

Avoiding Blisters

Blisters are caused by rubbing stress on the skin, this could be your shoe or sock rubbing on a particular part of your foot. Blisters can be painful or even dangerous so should not be ignored and need to be treated as soon as you see them.Blisters

How to prevent blisters forming

If you know you are prone to blistering in a certain area of your foot you should at least tape the area to help reduce shearing forces and prevent blistering before it starts.

Hot Spots

A sign that a blister is about to form is sometimes referred to as a ‘hot spot’ and immediate action should be taken to prevent it developing into a blister. Strategies that offload the painful area will help prevent any deterioration and include felt ‘donut pads’, gel toe caps and even offloading materials added to your trainers.

Don’t pop a blister

When a blister has already formed “popping” should be avoided as once the seal is broken bacteria can get in and cause infection. Even if the blister has “popped” the roof should be left in place. Ideally the area should be cleaned with antiseptic and a sterile dressing applied with offloading and taped in place.

Where the roof of the blister has come away a hydrocolloid dressings such as Compeed should be used.

Signs of infection

Always look out for signs of infection i.e. increased pain, Redness, heat (local to blister or spreading) and swelling. If you have some or all of these see a healthcare professional for advice.

If you have any concerns about your feet contact us on 0118 930 3535 to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists.


MediPedi treatment for beautiful feet

MediPedi treatment for summer ready feet

Our podiatry team are offer a luxury treatment to keep your feet healthy and beautiful. The treatment is a combination of a medical pedicure followed by a relaxing luxury pedicure. No need to book separate appointments.

Medical pedicure with one of our Foot Health Experts includes:

  • Foot health check.MediPedi
  • Neurovascular assessment*.
  • Nails cut, shaped and burred if thickened.
  • Debridement of hard skin and corns.



Luxury Pedicure includes:-


  • Cleansing foot soak and exfoliation
  • Application of a nourishing foot mask, followed by warm wax.
  • Nails painted with **Dr’s Remedy nail varnish containing wheat germ, tea tree and vitamins.
  • Removal of hot wax followed by a relaxing foot massage using a variety of skin softening, and hydrating Gehwol Foot creams.

All done in a relaxing and clean environment using either sterilised or disposable equipment.

This service is currently available every Friday afternoon or on two Saturday mornings a month.

Total Treatment time is approx 75 minutes. Total Cost for both treatments is £83

* Neurovascular assessment is a painless examination of the blood supply, nerve endings and structure of the foot.

**Dr.’s REMEDY, Enriched Nail Polish is a line of podiatrist formulated nail care, every bottle is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, parabens, and phthalates—all potential carcinogens.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Ali & Mandy


Can you change your thinking about past experiences?

Time Travel isn’t possible but changing your thinking about past experiences is!

Rapid Solution Therapy is now available at Theale Wellbeing Centre.

Rapid Solution Therapy

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In life we all make decisions, some we may regret some we are aware of and some we are not aware of.

What if you could go back and change your original decision?

What if you could change your past which in turn would change your present and future self?

Perhaps you could go back and change the decision you made about smoking?

Rapid Solution Therapy

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Our perception of an event can cause behavioural issues, like stress or anger, this perception can be changed.

Of course time travel isn’t possible, but psychological decisions we made in the past and perceptions we have can be changed and edited to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

I wonder what effect this may have on you and your life?

Rapid Solution Therapy is a modern and fast way to help overcome issues and behaviours one may have, if you’d like to know more, just ask me and I would be only too happy to help.

This is an approach that enables people to build change into their lives within the shortest possible time frame. Encouraging people to describe their preferred future, what their lives will be like after therapy has been successful.

Rapid Solution Therapy is said to be a language that the client can use to talk themselves out of the “problem”.

Ed Francis DCH

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Food Sensitivities/Intolerances at The Theale Wellbeing Centre

Food Sensitivities/Intolerances

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Food Sensitivities/Intolerances are characterised by a delayed response which will normally be a few hours but in some rare cases can take up to a week. A food intolerance or food sensitivity occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. Various studies have shown that allergies only affect about 3% of the population whilst food sensitivities can affect 40% of the population at some time in their life.

A person can be sensitive to multiple foods and experience a number of symptoms such as:

  • Bloating,
  • constipation
  • Fatigue and brain fog
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis and Rhinitis
  • Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Eczema, rashes and other skin disorders.
Food Sensitivities/Intolerances

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Normally when someone has a food sensitivity/intolerance, this is down to the underlying poor health of the gut which can be caused by a number of triggers such as poor diet, stress, excess alcohol, antibiotics, bacterial and viral infections such as E Coli, H Pyloria, SIBO, yeast and parasites.

It is important to understand what has caused the damage to the gut lining in the first place and this is where a food sensitivity/intolerance test together with an appropriate nutritional support programme can play an important part in the healing and repair process.

Whilst we prefer to address health issues with dietary alterations we may also from time to time suggest supplementation to help provide a boost to the digestive and immune system taking a multi-pronged approach on a short-term basis.

There are other tests we offer too around gut health that will help determine underlying causal issues. If the underlying gut health issues are not resolved then a person may become sensitive/intolerant to more foods and chronic health problems will persist.

Cathy Foley, Registered Nutritionist mBANT, Registered Nutritional Therapist CNHC, Bioresonance Practitioner- Dip BER Food Sensitivity Testing, Dip Anatomy & Physiology

Acupuncture for Insomnia

How Acupuncture can help Insomnia


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It is thought that 1/3 of all people in the UK will experience insomnia at some point in their life- that’s over 22 million people in the UK! Insomnia can include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking throughout the night
  • Waking early in the morning and not getting back to sleep

and as a result one can:

  • Feel tired upon waking in the morning
  • Feel tired and irritable throughout the day
  • Struggle to concentrate in the day

Medications can be prescribed to induce sleep, and while they can provide temporary relief they do not address the underlying cause.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute – Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.  During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health

Acupuncture can help treat insomnia by inserting fine, sterile needles into points around the body, which stimulate the nervous system and in turn affect the body’s balancing mechanisms, promoting physical and emotional well-being. Chinese medicine treats a person holistically and therefore each treatment is tailored specifically for your needs. So whether you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, acupuncture can help promote a better sleep naturally.

World Sleep Day is March 15, 2019, and was created to raise awareness of sleep because sleep quality and quantity are becoming increasingly compromised by the habits of modern life.

For further information from evidence-based research, visit the British Acupuncture Council page

Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of complementary medicine. The Chinese and other eastern cultures have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years. In China it is used in mainstream health care, both as a stand alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as Qi.
Acupuncture uses fine single use sterile needles to connect with the energy or Qi of the body via a system of pathways known as meridians. The intention is to restore the natural healthy balance of the body and to promote healing.
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